LibriVox recording of Ecce Homo, by Friedrich Nietzsche. Read by TimSC.
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's autobiography, Ecce Homo, was the last prose work that he wrote before his illness in 1889. Coming at the end of an extraordinarily productive year in which he had produced The Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist, Nietzsche shuns any pretense at modesty with chapter titles include “Why I am so Wise”, “Why I am so Clever” and “Why I Write Such Excellent Books”. His translator Anthony M. Ludovici states, Ecce Homo “is not only a coping-stone worthy of the wonderful creations of that year, but also a fitting conclusion to his whole life, in the form of a grand summing up of his character as a man, his purpose as a reformer, and his achievement as a thinker.” (Introduction by Tim SC)
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September 4, 2011 Subject:
An intelligent and robust reading. Sincerest thanks!
I read Nietzsche often; greedily I re-read him. His genius is inexhaustible. No other writer (except possibly Samuel Beckett, in his prose works) compels my attention as Nietzsche does.
To read his work aloud successfully, intelligibly, requires (I imagine) a very special effort of concentration. To give it that provocative edge, that prophetic urgency, and at the same time to suggest the very fragile state of mind from which comes so absurdly marvellous a work of self-description - this is a huge test for the reader. I think he meets the challenge admirably, and I congratulate him.